Fall 2017 Events for Brisbane

Catherine Volkov Coordinator, Student Liaison

Date

June 6, 2017

Fall Events for Brisbane

(uq, qut, griffith early semester students)

We have some excellent co-curricular activities planned for the Spring semester! Take a look at what's on offer within your program.

BRISBANE WELCOME MEAL

LOCAL AUSTRALIA

Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the surrounds of the Southbank Parklands with views across the river to the Brisbane Central Business District. This is the perfect meal to welcome you to your new home in Australia.

GOLD COAST WELCOME MEAL

LOCAL AUSTRALIA

Enjoy a traditional Australian BBQ on the foreshore of Surfers Paradise. This is a fantastic way to kick off the coming semester and introduce you to the outdoorsy, beach lifestyle of your new home.

BYRON BAY LEARN TO SURF WEEKEND

LOCAL AUSTRALIA/ ACTIVE AUSTRALIA / AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

If you've always wanted to see the incredible Northern New South Wales coast and the Easternmost Point of Australia then a quick flight up to the Gold Coast is for you!

  • 2 x Transfers to and from the Gold Coast Airport
  • 2 nights accommodation at Byron Bay's premier surf hostel
  • All meals included.
  • 2 x Surf Sufaris (suitable for all abilities all equipment included)
  • Entry into the Semi Pro Cup (Fun surf contest: categories include most improved surfer, longest wave, surfer of the weekend, best wipeout and most improved surfer.
  • 1 x guided lighthouse tour
  • Free beach games to use
  • 15 % discount on all hire at our surf hire shop includes bikes, surfboards, snorkel gear
  • Opportunity to book additional activities such as Kayaking with Whales and Dolphins (extra costs incurred)
  • Free surf photos for each individual to take away and we also do a group video edit of the whole Weekend.

This is an amazing trip and well worth looking for a cheap flight up to the amazing Gold Coast - why not make it a long weekend and explore the beaches too!

Please note: you will need to purchase your own flight to the Gold Coast Airport at your own expense.

BRISBANE BY BIKE

LOCAL AUSTRALIA, ACTIVE AUSTRALIA

Explore Brisbane via its excellent network of bike trails! This gentle cruise will take through the Botanic Gardens, the iconic Brisbane River and around the streets and many sights of this hustling and bustling part of Brisbane which you will call home.

MOUNT TAMBOURINE DAY TRIP

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA / AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Join in on a fun-filled day adventure road trip to Mount Tamborine, a hidden gem snookered in the Gold Coast hinterland. Think rain forest hikes, beautiful waterfalls, swimming in freshwater pools, beer tasting and gourmet cheeses, AND you get to see glow worms....

It really is a fabulous day out! Cost includes food, transport and all activities. Places are limited so get in quick! Some students from last year rated this as their favourite excursion while here in Oz so DON'T MISS OUT!!

UQ & QUT ONLY: STRADBROKE ISLAND WEEKEND EXCURSION

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, SPIRITUAL AUSTRALIA, INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

North Stradbroke Island, colloquially Straddie, is an island that lies within Moreton Bay, 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of Brisbane. Straddie is the second largest sand island in the world and gives many opportunities for recreation along its coast line and on its lakes. On this excursion you will have the opportunity to learn from the Quandamooka people, the traditional owners of the land. You will learn about “bush tucker”, the food which the Quandamooka are able to gather from the country. You will learn a traditional dance, how to throw a boomerang, and something of the culture of the Aboriginal people in this part of Australia. You will spend some time in a kayak exploring the coast and keeping an eye out for stingrays, turtles and fish which are abundant here. We’ll have some fun sand-boarding and surfing as well as going to some scenic spots.

AFL GAME

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA

Come and experience this unique game at the Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast. Australian Rules Football (AFL) has a fascinating history, first played as a modified form of an indigenous Australian game known as ‘Marngrook’. The stuffed possum ball was replaced by the oval ‘Sherrin’ ball made of leather and was used as a way for cricketers to stay fit during the winter. Today AFL is a national competition played around Australia with teams/clubs in most capital cities, some of which have been in existence for well over 100 years. 

MT COOTHA HIKE

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA

Mt Cootha is the highest peak in Brisbane, offering breathtaking views of Brisbane city and the coastline from its summit. This popular destination also contains the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium within its boundaries. On this afternoon hike you will spend time exploring this bushland area’s many walking tracks and breathtaking views. You will be able to see some contemporary Aboriginal art works including tree carvings, rock paintings, etchings and rock arrangements on the Aboriginal Art Trail and discover the native flora of the Botanic Garden.

MIAMI MARKETTA MIDWEEK FEAST

AUSTRALIAN CUISINE, LOCAL AUSTRALIA, MULTI-CULTURAL AUSTRALIA

Miami Marketta is an amazing food festival every weekend but they run a special mid week feast on a Wednesday! Grab a group of mates and head on down to try the delicious food from around the world.

BURLEIGH HEADS HIKE

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA

This small national park in the heart of the Gold Coast contains a diverse range of habitats including rocky foreshores, eucalyptus forest, pandanus groves, tussock grasslands and mangroves. You will explore the park via popular walking tracks, which take you towards the small summit and around the headland. You will have the chance to see Australian flora and fauna including the majestic sea eagles that patrol the water’s edge. The northern side of the park is home to one of Australia’s most famous surfing point breaks and watching the procession of wave riders is an excellent way to end the day.

GRIFFITH ONLY: NOOSA AND SUNSHINE COAST WEEKEND GETAWAY

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA / AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

The town of Noosa is located approximately an hour and a half’s drive north of Brisbane. The area has beautiful beaches complete with white sand and clear water. This short getaway will provide the opportunity to explore the beach, river, hinterland and national parks of the area.

Enjoy a hike in the Noosa National Park, home to many native animals including koalas and birds of all varieties. Take a surf lesson at the picturesque main beach, hire a stand up paddle board and explore the Noosa River system or simply enjoy sand and sun while soaking in the atmosphere. You may even be lucky enough to see marine life such as whales, sea turtles and dolphins swimming up and down the coastline.

SNORKEL Cook ISLAND

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Always wanted to see what lies beneath? Here's your opportunity to see the underwater life with a snorkel trip to Cook Island on the Southern end of the Gold Coast. Cook Island is home to so many different fish, corals and a huge population of turtles so take the opportunity to get to know your underwater neighbours.

Horse riding in the Gold Coast hinterland

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Join Gizmo on a trip out to the hinterland to learn about bush tucker, try some billy tea and damper, experience the country through the ears of a horse and listening to the bird life on the bush walking trails and even have a swim in the local waterholes. Limited numbers so get in quick! Minimum of 4 students

BRISBANE FAREWELL DINNER

LOCAL AUSTRALIA

Celebrate with a FREE group dinner in Brisbane.  We’ll share stories from the semester, decide who ate the most Tim Tams and who spent the most time trying to learn the “Aussie” accent.

GOLD COAST FAREWELL DINNER

LOCAL AUSTRALIA

Celebrate with a FREE group dinner on the Gold Coast.  Figure out who spent the most time at the beach, who ate the most lamingtons and who travelled the most!